If Mike Rood is leaving his job as Calexico city attorney because he is simply weary after 10 years in Calexico's harrowing political trenches, we would be fine with his departure.
If Mike Rood is leaving his job because certain overcharged elected officials are talking out of turn, then someone needs to apologize, because Rood's departure will be a serious blow to Calexico and city officials should do what they can to convince him to stay.
Rood is a good attorney and good man who has provided a voice of reason and calm in the often tumultuous world of Calexico politics. Yes, there have been a few times in recent years when we wished he and the city would have fought rather than settled. Still, a good attorney knows there are times when compromising and paying a small sum or losing a small battle is better than paying a huge sum and losing a huge battle. And no one who has watched him over the years would doubt that Rood has both a fine knowledge of municipal law and how things work in Calexico.